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'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

Weird Al Yankovic's "Mandatory Fun" Album Cover
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Weird Al Yankovic's "Mandatory Fun" Album Cover

Mraz was initially in a slight battle with Yankovic for the new No. 1 slot, as industry forecasters suggested both "Yes!" and "Mandatory" would sell around 70,000 to 75,000 copies in their first week. Ultimately, while both albums sold stronger than forecast, "Mandatory" blew past expectations.
 
That said, "Yes!" is the fourth top 10 album for Mraz and second to reach the No. 2 slot. (He has yet to earn a No. 1.) "Yes!" follows 2012's "Love Is a Four Letter Word," which also debuted and peaked in the runner-up slot, selling 102,000 in its first week.
 
Rock band Rise Against nets its fourth top 10 album as well, as "The Black Market" opens at No. 3 with 53,000. It follows 2011's "Endgame," which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 85,000.
 
Kidz Bop Kids' "Kidz Bop 26" is the fourth and final arrival in the top 10, as the latest in the kids-sing-the-hits series starts with 46,000. It's the 40th charting album for the Kidz Bop franchise and the 19th top 10 for the series. The new set features kid-friendly (and kid-sung) covers of such hits as Pharrell’s "Happy," Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" and One Direction's "Story of My Life."

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 20) totaled 4.4 million units, up 7 percent compared with the sum lastweek (4.1 million) and down 8 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.7 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 133.5 million, down 15 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (156.5 million).
     
Digital track sales this past week totaled 20.4 million downloads, up less than 1 percent compared with last week (20.3 million) and down 11 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (22.8 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 655.5 million, down 13 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (752.2 million).
 
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2013 when: Selena Gomez earned her first No. 1 album with the chart-topping debut of "Stars Dance," selling 97,000 in its first week. The previous week's leader, Jay Z's "Magna Carta … Holy Grail,"fell to No. 2 with 77,000 (down 40 percent).